If you have not caught up with this BBC documentary on gender stereotypes in kids, it is definitely worth a watch. Tests of the 7 year olds confirmed that the girls hugely under-estimated their intelligence and ability, and boys had significantly less vocabulary for expressing emotions. Even in 2017, for this class, the lines had been drawn as far as working potential: girls are make-up artists and dancers, boys are mechanics and magicians. This demonstrates our own failure at removing gender barriers and serotypes from childrens' minds, well before they enter the workplace. No wonder, despite equal pay legislation, sex discrimination legislation and a more open society, the myth that women now can 'have it all' still does not ring true. There is much to be done at all levels of society to create a truly equal playing field, and this documentary will certainly give you pause for thought.
Is the way we treat boys and girls in childhood the real reason we still haven't achieved true equality between men and women in adult life? And could stripping away the pink and blue - and the other more subtle ways that boys and girls are shaped to be different - be the way to raise kids with abilities and attitudes that are the same regardless of their gender?